6 customisable OKR examples for It Teams

What are It Teams OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for It Teams to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable It Teams OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for It Teams. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to streamline and automate IT infrastructure processes

  • ObjectiveStreamline and automate IT infrastructure processes
  • Key ResultImplement automation in 70% of server management tasks to enhance efficiency
  • TaskTrain the team on implementing automation processes
  • TaskIdentify the predominant server management tasks for automation
  • TaskResearch and select suitable automation tools
  • Key ResultDeploy desktop automation to reduce manual tasks in IT support by 50%
  • TaskPurchase and install necessary automation software
  • TaskIdentify repetitive, manual tasks in IT support for automation
  • TaskTrain IT support staff in automation usage
  • Key ResultDevelop an automated solution to resolve 60% of common network issues
  • TaskTest and implement the automation solution
  • TaskIdentify common network issues and their frequency
  • TaskDesign a prototype for automated issue resolution

2. OKR to improve incident management

  • ObjectiveBuild an amazing incident management process
  • Key ResultReduce the number of regressions by 60%
  • Key ResultIncrease the size of the incident response team from 2 to 6 people
  • Key ResultReduce the MTTR from 3h to 60 minutes

3. OKR to increase security awareness

  • ObjectiveMake security part of our culture
  • Key ResultRoll out fleet management pilot to 30% of the company
  • Key Result2FA is used on all 3rd party services used by employees
  • Key Result100% of our employees have gone through security training

4. OKR to improve developer experience by improvign dev speed

  • ObjectiveProvide amazing Developer Experience (DX) by improving dev speed
  • Key Result90% of products have a standardized Continuous Delivery pipeline
  • Key ResultReduce average build time from 20 minutes to 2 minutes
  • Key ResultReduce release cycle time from 12 days to 3 days

5. OKR to improve the Disaster Recover process

  • ObjectiveHave a world class DR process
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of DR tests from 1 to 3 per quarter
  • Key ResultReduce recovery period from 24h to 12h
  • Key ResultReduce recovery point objective from 12 business hours to 4 business hours

6. OKR to enhance application security knowledge and awareness among teams

  • ObjectiveImprove application security knowledge and awareness
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of security checklist reviews by 50%
  • Key ResultConduct at least one security training session per team
  • Key ResultProvide secure coding guidelines and best practices to each team
  • Key ResultImplement a mandatory security certification program for all teams

Best practices for managing your It Teams OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your It Teams OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More It Teams OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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